Car seat can be defined into specific weight groups. These weight groups are defined by the United Nations safety regulations and in the UK cover children from birth to 12 years of age. The basic weight groups are: group 0 & 0+, group 1, group 1-2-3 and group 3.
If you’ve got a big girl or big boy on your hands, you’ll know the battle of getting them into their old car seat. Perhaps it’s time to let them venture into the slightly more mature world of booster seats? It’s a safe, comfortable way for your little one to travel, and they’ll jump at the chance to go on any road trip with their brand new grown-up car seat.
What is a Group 3 car seat?
According to EU car seat safety legislation, a Group 3 car seat is suitable for a child weighing in at 22-36kg – which is approximately 6 to 12 years old.
A Group 3 car seat can be rear or forward-facing, a high-backed booster seat or booster cushion which uses a seat belt, harness or safety shield. Most of the group 3 car seats you’ll find on our website are backless booster seats.
i-Size is car seat regulation relating to the height of your child, but it is new legislation and does not currently override EU car seat guidelines.
What are my installation options?
Choose from the traditional seatbelt method of securing your new car seat, or go for the newer ISOFIX option.
With an ISOFIX seat, your car seat is fixed to a base which is professionally fitted to the frame of your car. ISOFIX seats are growing in popularity thanks to the safety and security they offer. However, it’s important to remember ISOFIX bases aren’t compatible with every vehicle, so it’s best to check suitability with your manufacturer.
Many car seats can be fitted either way, so if your car isn’t ISOFIX compatible you can still go down the traditional route.
Are there any car seat laws I should know about?
Every child must travel in a properly installed car seat – regardless of if they are travelling in the front or rear of the car – until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. The exception to this rule is if you have to make a necessary and unplanned car journey, in which case children over 3 years of age may use an adult seatbelt for a short distance.
If your child is over 3 years old and there is no room for a third child seat in the back, they can travel in the rear with an adult seat belt.
What other features should I consider?
In addition to safety, there are a number of other elements to consider when choosing a backless booster seat. Comfort is a big one – pick a booster seat that has an ergonomic base, for optimum comfort on long car journeys.
A removable seat cover is a must too, for dealing with any accidental spills. If you tend to switch between different cars, a lightweight booster seat can be a blessing for easily moving around.